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Gala Details




Gala Details




The HRC Greater NY Steering Committee and Gala Team cordially invite you to join us as we come together as a community and work towards full LGBTQ equality and civil rights. 

February 11, 2017 at the Waldorf Astoria, NYC

The historic Waldorf Astoria will open its grand ballroom to the HRC GNY Gala for the final time, before closing its doors to the public. 

Toast with us to the many LGBTQ milestones achieved throughout the years, in one of the world's most coveted spaces. Don't miss out on being a part of HRC and NYC history.

Meryl Streep to Receive the HRC AlLy for Equality Award at the Gala!


HRC will honor Meryl Streep with the organization’s Ally for Equality Award at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City!

Throughout her phenomenal career, Streep has used her voice to stand up for the LGBTQ community. Whether through her iconic roles that raised the visibility of LGBTQ people, or by boldly speaking out for equality, Streep embodies the very nature of what it means to be an ally to our community.

Join us in honoring Streep to thank her for being an ally in our fight for equality! Get your tickets today!

Moonlight Announced as the Winner of HRC Visionary Arts Award


2017 Golden Globe Winner for Best Motion Picture, Drama, Moonlight, will take home the HRC Visionary Arts Award at this year's HRC Greater NY Gala. Moonlight is inspired by the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, who will accept the award on behalf of the film. 

Seth Meyers to Receive HRC Equality Award 

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Emmy award-winning writer and current host of Late Night with Seth Meyers to receive HRC Equality Award at Greater NY Gala. Meyers’ consistently speaks out against discrimination, exposing the false premises and irrational efforts by opponents of equality. We look forward to welcoming Seth Meyers to this year’s HRC Greater New York Gala and honoring him with the HRC Equality Award.


General Tickets

Individual Tickets: $490
  Federal Club: $390

VIP Tickets

Individual Tickets: $675
 Federal Club: $575

Major Donor Tickets

Federal Club Council:
2 complimentary VIP tickets

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EVENING Schedule

EVENING Schedule

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Program Overview

Program Overview



Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams $7500 Shopping Spree

The most stylish name in home furnishings wants to make your home a more comfortable place! Longtime HRC National Partner, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is offering bidders a chance to win a $7,500 shopping spree at one of their signature store locations. Please spend the entire spree at once and do not split the spree into multiple orders. You may transfer this entire Shopping Spree to any individual of your choice. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams will pay all shipping costs within the continental United States associated with your order. You will be responsible for any applicable sales tax, and you may use part of your Shopping Spree balance to pay for any such tax. This shopping spree may not be used: to make any payments on any charge account, redeemed for cash or used to purchase a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams gift card. Redeem within one year of receipt at any Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Signature Store within the continental United States. For a location near you, please visit www.mgbwhome.com. Valid until 2/11/2018

American Airlines

AMERICAN AIRLINES AAdvantage® Miles: Bid high to fly high with 440,000 AAdvantage® miles from HRC’s official airline, American Airlines. With enough miles for two roundtrip business class tickets to Europe or South America, these miles will get you to your destination in style.  This package includes American’s signature Five-Star Service and Admiral’s Club® lounge access (where available). Air travel is subject to availability and some restrictions may apply.  Some fees may apply.  Miles must be deposited into your AAdvantage® account by 12/31/17 Retail Value: $14,000

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Travel Must be Booked by 1/8/2018 and Travel by 12/4/2018; Fees & taxes are the responsibility of the traveler. Recommend booking early, as availability is limited. Certain Travel Date Restrictions/Back-out dates may apply. Travel vouchers are non-transferable and will not be replaced if lost, mutilatedor stolen; At least a 24 hour advanced booking is required.

The HRC GNY Gala honors those who work tirelessly for LGBTQ equality.

With inspiring speakers, moving moments, live entertainment, and so much more, below is a snapshot of past highlights.

 PepsiCo will RECEIVE THE Corporate Equality Award at the 2017 Gala! Read more here.

The Amazing DJ Lina

After our formal program, dance the night away and toast HRC's work with amazing cocktails! The electric DJ Lina will keep the evening going at the After Party atop the Waldorf Astoria in the Starlight Room, featuring complimentary Ketel One vodka and Bulleit Bourbon.

Past featured guests have included: 


Political Speakers

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Cory Booker, Governor Jon Corzine, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Attorney General Eric Holder, Congressman Charles Rangel, Governor Ann Richards, Senator Charles Schumer, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, plus many more.

Celebrity Advocates & Special Guests


Bill T Jones, Nathan Lane, Patti LuPone, Julianne Moore, Bebe Neuwirth, Keith Olbermann, Margaret Russell, Sigourney Weaver, Vanessa Williams, Anna Wintour, and many more. 

Special Guests:

Nate Berkus, Barbara Bush, Howard Fineman, Tyne Daly, Matthew Goode, Tim Gunn, Margaret Hoover, Anjelica Houston, Terrence McNally, Ryan Murphy, Jim Obergefell, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Hyde Pierce, Marc Ruffalo, Kathleen Turner, Harvey Weinstein, Johnny Weir and many more.


Jess Glynne, Mary Lambert, Cyndi Lauper, Idina Menzel, Billy Porter, Crystal Waters, Michelle Williams and countless others.


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ENGAGEMENT opportunities

ENGAGEMENT opportunities





With multiple activation levels, our partners provide significant support to HRC -- the nation's largest civil rights non-profit organization -- making it possible to achieve LGBTQ equality. Thank you!

Your company can create change by becoming a Gala Corporate Partner.

For more information, please email Sponsorship@hrcgreaterny.org


Our Silent Auction boasts wide-ranging products, services and experiences exclusively for our attendees. 

Countless items have experienced bidding wars between attendees, raising the profile and exposure of the product, and others have been featured in our Live Auction that takes place on-stage during the Gala.

If you're interested in getting involved in our Silent Auction, please email auction@hrcgreaterny.org

Click here to link to our Silent Auction Brochure.


The Program Book provides a great opportunity to reach over thousand guest, sponsors, vendors and HRC Corporate leaders.

Want to be seen? Email the Program Book Team at programbook@hrcgreaterny.org 

Click here to link to our Program Book Brochure.

Table captain

Become a Table Captain! With no financial commitment, our Table Captains are encouraged to fill a table (or more!) at our Gala. 

Jump onboard! For more info, email tablecaptains@hrcgreaterny.org 

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Make change - volunteer!

The Gala would not be a success if it weren't for each and every volunteer.  From exciting pre-Gala events, to onsite setup and execution the night of the Gala, over 100 volunteers come together to roll up their sleeves and make the Gala a historic - and fun - event.  

The opportunities to volunteer vary, so there is something for everyone.

Interested in volunteering? Email us at hrcvolunteersny@gmail.com